Best network troubleshooting apps

At some point, network troubleshooting is relevant to just about everyone. When your internet goes down just because it can, and you’ve tried everything to try and get it back up, then you know the frustration involved in finding out what’s wrong. Beyond that, you may even have a suspicion that your neighbors or others have gotten into your network, but how do you confirm that, and secure your network against others and threats?

In these handy network troubleshooting apps, you’ll be able to analyze what exactly is going on, how fast your speeds are, how much strength different networks are holding, and so on. Perfect for work, at home, and on the go, here’s our top 5 network troubleshooting app picks for Android.

IP Tools: Network Utilities

Whatever issue your network is having, IP Tools: Network Utilities will help you get to the bottom of it. Any information you need to know, this app provides, with a clean, simple presentation without a whole lot of fuss. And because you can optimize your home network even while you’re away (yes, it’s true!), you’ll be up and running again even faster than with many of IP Tools’ competitor’s apps.

In IP Tools: Network Utilities, you’ll get access to a variety of tools that will help you figure out what’s going on. This app has everything from a LAN scanner to a connection log, a port scanner to a DNS lookup, IP calculator, and so many other tools that you’re not going to want to miss,  especially if you like figuring out how different things work and how to specifically solve recurring and unique network issues.

Download it now: Google Play

Network Analyzer Pro

Extremely detailed, and yet made understandable in simpler terms, Network Analyzer Pro will be right up any data-lover’s alley, while at the same time fitting for someone who might not understand all of the details, but is eager to jump in and learn more. Whether you’re analyzing your own network, or checking the strength in all the networks around you, Network Analyzer Pro will help you do it quickly and efficiently.

Some of the specific tools that Network Analyzer Pro has to offer are ping, traceroute, LAN scanner, Wi-Fi signal meter, internet speed, DNS lookup, and so on. And if you find that you can’t figure something out, Network Analyzer Pro is full of resources to help you get things back up and running again. Quite possibly the best part about that, too, is that even if you’ve forgotten how you fixed your problem the last time, Network Analyzer Pro will keep an archived list of your actions and what tools you used— a fantastic, go-to reference for next time.

Download it now: Google Play

Fing Network Tools

In this app, your privacy and security is of utmost importance. While you’ll have access to the standard network tools for any troubleshooting you may need to do, you’ll also be able to keep tabs on who’s taking advantage of your Wi-Fi, and when. Whether you’re just curious, or you’re wanting to take a deeper look on how much your next-door neighbor is actually piggybacking off of your network, then look no further, because this may be an awesome app for you.

In Fing, you’ll be able to properly access any pending security risks within your network and troubleshoot as necessary to get things secured once again. However, you’ll also be able to see exactly what devices are on your network, view the location of this devices, and find out what’s really going on when you’re not around. This is especially great if you’re travelling or not at home often, because you’ll get an alert whenever someone new enters into your network. There’s no need to worry when security for your home network is right at your fingertips at all times.

Download it now: Google Play

PingTools Pro

While PingTools Pro isn’t free (although still a great deal at $2.00), it’s completely worth the couple of extra dollars if you’re not familiar with or are new to network concepts. Instead of a bunch if different number combinations and other tools available for your use and dependent on your knowledge, PingTools Pro simplifies and streamlines your network problems and makes troubleshooting a breeze, even for someone who’s new to it.

But PingTools Pro isn’t just for the beginner. Even if you’re experienced and familiar with the ins and outs of networks, but have a knack for all things clean, simple, and organized, this will be a lifesaver when it comes to troubleshooting your network. If you often feel like you have to often wade through a bunch of details to actually get to what you’re looking for, look no further than PingTools Pro.

Download it now: Google Play

Network Inventory and Tools

With a unique feel and different look than the other apps listed here, Network Inventory and Tools may be a good change of pace when it comes to your standard network troubleshooting apps. And while it is different, Network Inventory and Tools is also another simple app, so seeing all of the problems, and potential problems, in your network is as simple as hitting “scan.”

Even from afar, you’ll be able to tap into your router and see what’s up. You’ll also get access to a resource of tips and tricks for troubleshooting, so you never have to be at a complete loss as to what you’re trying to figure out. And because Network Inventory and Tools is free, it’s an awesome app to start out with to get a feel for network troubleshooting in general.

Download it now: Google Play

Closing

There’s a variety of ways to troubleshoot your networks, and yet where dies the problem lie? With these apps, you’ll be able to figure all of that out, and more, in whatever learning style you find suits you best. Whether you’re looking to solve a specific problem, or just taking further precautions in securing your network, these are some great ideas to get you started.


About the Author: Brad Ward

Brad is a tech enthusiast, writing and tinkering with all things technology since 2011. He currently bounces between the LG G3 and his beloved Moto X! His interests include reading, entrepreneurship, the gym, and of course, queso.